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Fake Friends release brand new debut single

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By Michelle Crean

There is nothing fake about this friendship as a newly formed Irish Indie rock duo have just released their new single.

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Fake Friends is made up of Killarney man Cathal Flaherty and Carlow's Patrick Kelly who formed within the madness of 2020 sending creative ideas back and forth during lockdown.

When they finally got to work together they recorded at Camden Recording Studios Dublin with Producer Conor O'Farrell Brady who has performed and recorded with a host of artists including The Commitments, Bono, Gary Lightbody and Jack L.

While recording and playing live they are joined by friends Phil Dunphy (bass), Darren Kelly (guitar) and Luke Tai (drums). And now their debut single 'Maybe' is ready for the world to hear it.

Cathal Flaherty had a very successful few years as a solo artist up until the start of the pandemic when he started writing over Zoom with friends.

His track 'A Thousand Miles' was played widely on national and international radio where he was also shortlisted in the Top 5 songs at the international songwriting contest.

He has supported acts such as The Coronas, Tears for Fears, Jack L, Mundy and Paddy Casey.

Fake Friends are heading back to the studio soon and will be recording more tracks for their planned upcoming debut EP due for release later on in 2023.

The music video for ‘Maybe’ will be released next week.

The single has already been played on multiple radio stations across Ireland including Today FM, FM 104, Beat 102 103, Galway Bay FM and Radio Kerry.

"I much prefer having more people on stage with me and actually have fun up there performing together and we have serious craic in the studio as well and I think that's the most important thing. The basis of this band from the start was to have as much fun as possible and not take ourselves too seriously because it's all about having a laugh and loving what you're doing at the same time," Cathal told the Killarney Advertiser.

For more see www.fakefriendsmusic.com, Facebook: fakefriendsirl and Instagram: fakefriendsirl.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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